What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It is a safe, widely used healthcare system based on ancient principles. It has a very positive model of health and can help us understand why we become ill and can give us a road map of our route to recovery.
In Traditional Acupuncture the body is seen as a network of interconnected parts, like a web. If parts of that web get broken, injured, knotted or undernourished for a whole variety of different reasons, then pain or illness can occur.
The overall aim of an acupuncture treatment is to gently stimulate the body into restoring those connections; giving the body a chance to do what it likes to do best…. relax and send information, nutrients and energy to where they are most needed for recovery and for restoring its equilibrium.
The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture has been tested in controlled clinical trials and it can be used safely alongside treatment from your GP. Many people use acupuncture for help with new symptoms of pain, discomfort or illness whilst others use acupuncture to help with ongoing chronic conditions. Acupuncture can also be used as a preventative measure to strengthen the immune system and many people return to it when they find it so beneficial to their stress levels and wellbeing.
What can I expect from a treatment?
Your Acupuncturist will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms as well as taking a full medical history and an overview of your current general health.
She will feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength and will also look at the structure, colour and coating of your tongue. This information will help identify what is called your body's own unique 'pattern of disharmony' and is used to create a personalised treatment plan for your recovery.
Your treatment will involve your acupuncturist gently inserting extremely fine needles into specific acupuncture points and leave them in place for 20 – 30 minutes. Sometimes massage and heat treatment can also be used as well as needles; especially for tight muscles. Most people are very surprised at how calm and deeply relaxed they feel after a treatment!
Barbara Cushnie (MSc Acupuncture MBAcC)
Sessions: last up to 1 hour
Price: £40 (£35 a treatment if a block of 6 are booked and paid for in advance).